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Taping my hands is part of my pre match routine. That probably sounds obvious enough, I mean, you don’t want to be walking around all day with your fingers covered in tape, right? So, of course you do it right before your match if you've got any sense. Well… it’s a little more than that. It’s a ritual for me; I guess you could say a meditation. I think that every wrestler has their little quirks, their little superstitions. For me, it’s a matter of calming myself, quieting the nerves before a performance. I can’t claim to know why anyone else does it; I’m not a mind reader. What I do know, though, is what the other guys do.


I watch a lot. I guess you pick up that habit when you've got another man constantly overseeing you, somebody who took you under their wing from your first year in the business. I watch other people, and I learn from them and about them, have been doing it since even before the start of my career.


You can teach yourself a lot of things just by observing how other people act, and you can discover far more than they ever think they give away just by watching how they go about their daily business.


Here in TCW... I've found out a lot of traditions and quirks with that little habit.


Brent wears a pair of trunks for exactly a month, and then changes them. Never wears the old pairs again.


Joel only ever laces his boots after all the rest of his gear is ready, and the boots are the first thing he puts on.


The first thing Bryan Vessey does when getting ready is to put on his left glove. The last thing... he puts on the right.


Edd Stone drinks exactly two and a half bottles of Mountain Dew before each match. He gulps the first, nurses the second, and then gargles the third. Then he throws the empties at people, but I think that’s less ritual and more Edd being, well, Edd.


Sometimes, I wonder exactly where the others picked up their quirks, and exactly what each little nuance of their preparations mean to them. The calming exercise of wrapping my hands… I learned that all by myself, realised that the slow, methodical and precise motions allowed me to quell my anxiety. But… the activity itself? I’m not ashamed to admit that I learned it from somebody else, inherited the habit through my untold hours of watching.


The man who taught me everything I know, and yet still finds new things to tell me every day.


My teacher, my mentor, my friend, and the finest wrestler on the planet, which I’ll argue till I drop.


A hand claps on my shoulder. I can feel the tape binding it. I look up into a characteristic smirk which, somehow, when directed at me, is almost fatherly.


“Ready, Wolf?” asks Tommy Cornell.


I raise a similarly wrapped fist and smile back.






TCW... Day of The Wolf


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<p>Great little monologue their really, really awesome, the insight into rituals was really interesting, the Edd bit was, as Edd always seems to be written, funny. Really excellent opening which ensures I'll be with this from the start...</p><p> </p><p>

EDIT: Got the answer!</p>

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<p>Thanks, and glad to have you onboard.</p><p> </p><p>

Yup, it's the same save game. That happened in the introductory month I played to get everything I wanted to do set. More than likely, I'll cover that relationship before long, as this diary is going to be very backstage/behind the scenes orientated. That said, I'm hoping to make the 'story' and the shows distinct from one another, such that if people just want to read the matches and the game progress, it'll make sense.</p>

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<p>Absolutely yes. </p><p> </p><p>

Wolf Hawkins is great, and my favourite non-Australian character in TEW. Will enjoy this - just hope you don't put the strap on him too soon (though, having recently started a TCW game, it really is hard to avoid the temptation..)</p>

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<p>are you sure Edd Stone doesnt drink exactly 2 and a half bottles of something else? <img alt=":rolleyes:" data-src="//content.invisioncic.com/g322608/emoticons/rolleyes.png.4b097f4fbbe99ce5bcd5efbc1b773ed6.png" src="<___base_url___>/applications/core/interface/js/spacer.png" /></p><p> </p><p>

needless to say Im reading, though</p>

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<blockquote data-ipsquote="" class="ipsQuote" data-ipsquote-username="Phantom Stranger" data-cite="Phantom Stranger" data-ipsquote-contentapp="forums" data-ipsquote-contenttype="forums" data-ipsquote-contentid="30399" data-ipsquote-contentclass="forums_Topic"><div>You know, I was beginning to think I'd scared people off TCW diaries or something... <p> </p><p> I'm on board.</p></div></blockquote><p> </p><p> Hahaha, it's certainly formidable to match up with what I think is the longest running diary on the board, but I think I'm ready to have a good go at it. Definitely excited to see you're interested.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><blockquote data-ipsquote="" class="ipsQuote" data-ipsquote-contentapp="forums" data-ipsquote-contenttype="forums" data-ipsquote-contentid="30399" data-ipsquote-contentclass="forums_Topic"><div>Absolutely yes.<p> </p><p> Wolf Hawkins is great, and my favourite non-Australian character in TEW. Will enjoy this - just hope you don't put the strap on him too soon (though, having recently started a TCW game, it really is hard to avoid the temptation..)</p></div></blockquote><p> </p><p> Wolf <em>is</em> my favourite character, full stop (though I guess that might be evident by the subject of the diary, haha). No doubt a run with the world title is somewhere in the future for him, but there's a couple of other guys I want to experiment with pushing who are almost certainly going to get there ahead of Wolf.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><blockquote data-ipsquote="" class="ipsQuote" data-ipsquote-contentapp="forums" data-ipsquote-contenttype="forums" data-ipsquote-contentid="30399" data-ipsquote-contentclass="forums_Topic"><div>are you sure Edd Stone doesnt drink exactly 2 and a half bottles of something else?<p> </p><p> needless to say Im reading, though</p></div></blockquote><p> </p><p> I think reading Self's FCK and of course PS's own TCW has solidied Edd's characterisation in diaries for me for all time. I literally cannot envisage him as anything less than 100% zany.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><blockquote data-ipsquote="" class="ipsQuote" data-ipsquote-contentapp="forums" data-ipsquote-contenttype="forums" data-ipsquote-contentid="30399" data-ipsquote-contentclass="forums_Topic"><div>Wolf isn't your in game avatar is he?</div></blockquote><p> </p><p> As it happens, he is. Some of the ways this diary is set up will become a little clearer once I get up an information post. Intended to do it earlier, but I'm still plowing through my first show, which is a bit of a monster, and I want to get that wrapped up first.</p>
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The Character:


As I previously stated, my user character for this game is a clone of Wolf Hawkins, exact same skills and stats, and as close a personality as I could get (I think a couple of the sliders are skewed one way or the other). The only things I couldn't do were the Cornell Family Home graduation and the tag team experience with Cornell/Grayson (for obvious reasons). Naturally, he has the protege relationship with Cornell too.


In character, Wolf is not the head booker of TCW. It will remain Joel Bryant for as long as Joel Bryant is with the company - which is likely to be until he either leaves the business or spontaneously explodes, since he's one of my favourite workers and rarely ever stolen.


Trivia: To get around the 'characters can't have the same name' issue, the avatar is listed as 'Andrew Hawkins'



The Style:


This is going to be quite heavily influenced by a 'story' running in the background. For the most part, said story is going to be about wrestling and the company, but in such a way that it should not be directly affecting what's going on in the ring over much. I understand the drama isn't for everyone, so I'm going to try and keep that and the actual 'diary' part separate from one another as much as I can.


That said, there are at least... two events which are set to happen as part of the story which will, in fact, directly influence the diary. Instant 180, woohoo! However, since one of them could be considered effectively half of the premise of the diary, I see it as something of a necessity, haha.



The Story:


It's about Wolf, as simple as that. My take on the character and my view on how he'd react to various things, seeing them all through 'his' eyes. The backstage stuff is all likely to be in the first person, with Wolf as the protagonist.


The so-called 'big event' of the story I can't reveal yet, as it would be a massive spoiler and ruin much of the impact. It won't be immediate, but it isn't too far off either.



The Diary:


As for the diary itself, it's just a matter of how you'd play any TCW game, right? Survive the lack of funds, figure out who to push in an undercard with a lot of potential, figure how to book around the useless lumps which have no potential, try to book a sports entertainment champion in a performance promotion and resist the urge to fire Joey Minnesota's trouble-making self every time you open the roster screen.


Oh, and work out how to get the hell rid of that damn Kyle Rhodes.


It also, however, involves a challenge of sorts that I'm setting myself. Which, well, I can't currently unveil because again, spoilers.


We're starting off at Malice in Wonderland 2010, as there were a few things I wanted to get ready and a few deals I wanted to make before getting started on the diary proper. It also gives me the chance to blow off a couple of the starting feuds right at the start rather than develop them for a month then finish them off anyway.

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As we usher in a new decade of wrestling, TCW looks to start the year as it means to go on with a stacked card for Malice in Wonderland. A number of rivalries seem set to come to a head, including arguably the most important showdown of the last three years.


The Canadian Animals will clash with current tag team champion The New Wave in a title bout which is sure to be an eye opener. The Animals earned this title shot by scoring a surprise victory over The Wave two weeks ago, and although their methods were dubious, their abilities cannot be denied. Can the champions even the score, or will the belts be gaining some new owners?


We have another title bout up straight afterwards, with Joshua Taylor defending his International title against an as of yet unnamed opponent. Taylor hasn't enjoyed the most auspicious start to the new year, marring his record with several losses. A mystery opponent seems set to test his resolve, can Taylor break out of this slump?


Next up, we get personal. The Kobra Koshiro Ino is set to take on Rick Law in a bid to end their heated rivalry once and for all. So far, Law has managed to stay one step ahead of Ino both inside and out of the ring, but this time, there will be nowhere to hide and nowhere to run. The ruling has been made, and this contest has been officially ruled a strap match. Will Ino get his hands on Law at last, or does the so called 'Judge' have one last dirty trick up his sleeve?


It's been vicious, it's been bloody, and it's been out of control. Bryan Vessey vs. Eddie Peak is on once again. For months now, Peak and his Hellfire Club have been harrying Vessey with attack after attack, night after night. Through it all, the veteran Vessey has perservered, battling on with his tenacious spirit and finally, last week, turning the tables. Vessey managed to clear the ring of the entire Hellfire Club, standing tall over all four members of that fiendish alliance. Can Vessey duplicate this feat in an official bout, or will the sinister Peak get immediate revenge?


Our fifth match of the night is a head-to-head of a battle which is already beginning to get serious. Since losing an open challenge to debutant Benny Benson, TCW stalwart Troy Tornado has been on the warpath, raving about his defeat and the supposed 'cheating' which took place within said match. His mood has hardly been helped by a second loss at Psycho Circus, resulting in a number of ambushes over the past month. Will Tornado's underhanded tactics pay off with the victory he so desperately craves, or has Benson got more to his locker than meets the eye?


The penultimate contest can be summed up as this: A legend versus a future legend. The youngest TCW World Heavyweight Champion since Tommy Cornell, Rocky Golden, faces off against the peerless Sam Keith. So far the champion has managed to narrowly stay ahead in the rivalry, pulling off near miss after near miss. However, in what is sure to be his final shot at the gold in the immediate future, Keith has vowed to make Golden tap to the Proton Lock. Can Keith make good on this promise, or will the star of Rocky Golden continue to rise?


Finally, we have the match that one way or another, will signify the end of an era. The Freedom Fighters. The Syndicate. Simply this: One final tag team match, multiple referees stationed around the ring in support of the match official. No cheating condoned, no rules breaking a possibility. What's on the line? The losing team must dissolve, by order of the Board of Executives. Will the black cloud hovering over TCW finally be dispersed, or is this merely the signal for a dark new age?


Answers to all these questions and more will be found at Malice in Wonderland.



Prediction Key:


TCW Tag Team Titles

The Canadian Animals w/Laura Huggins vs. The New Wave ©



TCW International Title

Joshua Taylor © vs. ???

(Extra point if you guess the mystery man. Hint: He's not on the starting roster, nor is he related to anyone on the starting roster)



Strap Match

Koshiro Ino vs. Rick Law



Bryan Vessey vs. Eddie Peak



Benny Benson vs. Troy Tornado



TCW World Heavyweight Title

Rocky Golden © vs. Sam Keith



Losers Split Up Permanently

The Syndicate vs. The Freedom Fighters



Edit: At the end of every month (so in this case, it'll be after NEXT month's PPV), I'll tally up the predictions. Whoever gets the most correct will get some vague, as of yet undecided perk.

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TCW Tag Team Titles

The Canadian Animals w/Laura Huggins vs. The New Wave ©



TCW International Title

Joshua Taylor © vs. ???

(Extra point if you guess the mystery man. Hint: He's not on the starting roster, nor is he related to anyone on the starting roster)



Strap Match

Koshiro Ino vs. Rick Law



Bryan Vessey vs. Eddie Peak



Benny Benson vs. Troy Tornado



TCW World Heavyweight Title

Rocky Golden © vs. Sam Keith



Losers Split Up Permanently

The Syndicate vs. The Freedom Fighters

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TCW Tag Team Titles

The Canadian Animals w/Laura Huggins vs. The New Wave ©



TCW International Title

Joshua Taylor © vs. ???

(Extra point if you guess the mystery man. Hint: He's not on the starting roster, nor is he related to anyone on the starting roster)



Strap Match

Koshiro Ino vs. Rick Law



Bryan Vessey vs. Eddie Peak



Benny Benson vs. Troy Tornado



TCW World Heavyweight Title

Rocky Golden © vs. Sam Keith



Losers Split Up Permanently

The Syndicate vs. The Freedom Fighters

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<p>TCW Tag Team Titles</p><p>

The Canadian Animals w/Laura Huggins vs. The New Wave ©</p><p>

<em>Animals aren't at The New Waves levels yet.</em></p><p>

TCW International Title</p><p>

<strong>Joshua Taylor ©</strong> vs. ???</p><p>

(Extra point if you guess the mystery man. Hint: He's not on the starting roster, nor is he related to anyone on the starting roster)</p><p>

Can't be too over so I'll guess <strong>Samoan Machine</strong></p><p>

Strap Match</p><p>

Koshiro Ino vs. <strong>R</strong><strong>ick Law</strong></p><p>

<em>Prefer Law</em></p><p>

<strong>Bryan Vessey</strong> vs. Eddie Peak</p><p>

<em>Prefer Peak but I think Bryan has more to him</em></p><p>

Benny Benson vs. <strong>Troy Tornado</strong></p><p>

<em>You don't just waltz into TCW and beat Tornado</em></p><p>

TCW World Heavyweight Title</p><p>

<strong>Rocky Golden ©</strong> vs. Sam Keith</p><p>

<em>Champ for a bit longer</em></p><p>

Losers Split Up Permanently</p><p>

The Syndicate<strong> vs. The Freedom Fighters</strong></p><p>

<em>Syndicate don't have their tag experience.</em></p><p>


<strong>If you want to solve The Syndicate Tag experience problem make them a team and then go into the in game editor and edit their experience, I've done it in mods before</strong></p>

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<p>TCW Tag Team Titles</p><p>

The Canadian Animals w/Laura Huggins vs. <strong>The New Wave</strong> ©</p><p>

A nice positive finish to open one of your biggest shows of the year. The Animals are not ready to beat the Wave yet.</p><p> </p><p>

TCW International Title</p><p>

Joshua Taylor © vs. <strong>Acid</strong></p><p>

It feels like your building to a big push for a new guy, and the only person who comes to mind is Acid.</p><p> </p><p>

Strap Match</p><p>

Koshiro Ino vs. <strong>Rick Law</strong></p><p>

Law is about ready to be a big player in TCW. He should get the win.</p><p> </p><p>

Bryan Vessey vs. <strong>Eddie Peak</strong></p><p>

Peak should win mainly because every promotion needs a monster, and Peak is a fantastic monster.</p><p> </p><p>

Benny Benson vs. <strong>Troy Tornado</strong></p><p>

Troy has the bigger upside than Benny. Benny also needs some time to develop his character in TCW.</p><p> </p><p>

TCW World Heavyweight Title</p><p>

Rocky Golden © vs. <strong>Sam Keith</strong></p><p>

Rocky cannot carry the belt, and on top of that Sam's best gimmick is the guy who's won every title that 's important, but he needs the TCW title to do it.</p><p> </p><p>

Losers Split Up Permanently</p><p>

<strong>The Syndicate</strong> vs. The Freedom Fighters</p><p>

Here's the big question. Do you split up the Syndicate and have Tommy and Wolf go their seperate ways, or do you rebuild them. I'm gonna go for a Syndicate rebuild, but it's absolutely 50-50.</p>

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<p>(Thanks for the predictions everyone!)</p><p> </p><p>

</p><div style="text-align:center;"><p><strong>Sunday, Week 4, January 2010.</strong></p><p><strong>

From the Nevada State Armoury (South West), with a sell-out crowd of 30,000 in attendance…</strong></p><p><strong>

Live on PPV with U-demand, Pay-Per-View Services, Seleccion Mexico and J-Remote 1 (1.62)</strong></p><p><strong> </strong></p><p><strong>

TCW PRESENTS…</strong> </p><p> </p><p>

<span>http://i1111.photobucket.com/albums/h478/DayofTheWolf/Events/TCW_Malice.jpg</span></p><p> </p><p>



Jason Azaria, Kyle Rhodes, & Jasmine Saunders</p><p> </p><p> </p><p>

<strong><span style="text-decoration:underline;">MATCH #1</span></strong></p><p>

<span>http://i1111.photobucket.com/albums/h478/DayofTheWolf/Belts/TCW_Tag.jpg</span></p><p> </p><p>

<span>http://i1111.photobucket.com/albums/h478/DayofTheWolf/Wrasslers/FreddyHuggins.jpg</span><span>http://i1111.photobucket.com/albums/h478/DayofTheWolf/Wrasslers/EddStone_alt1.jpg</span> w/<span>http://i1111.photobucket.com/albums/h478/DayofTheWolf/Wrasslers/LauraCatherineHuggins.jpg</span> vs. <span>http://i1111.photobucket.com/albums/h478/DayofTheWolf/Wrasslers/Scout.jpg</span><span>http://i1111.photobucket.com/albums/h478/DayofTheWolf/Wrasslers/Guide.jpg</span></p><p>

The Canadian Animals w/Laura Huggins vs. The New Wave ©</p><p> </p><p>

A pacy, brisk match here. The Animals play a pair of mice to the New Wave cats, Guide just beating up whoever gets within arm’s reach, whilst Scout favouring clamping down and working the Animals over. For their part, Edd and Huggins manage to get the champs on the back foot whenever they can get some momentum going, with both; particularly Huggins, taking full advantage of the presence of Laura at ringside as a distractor to Ray Johnson.</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Finish:</strong></p><p> </p><p>

<em>Edd and Guide lock up in the middle of the ring. Guide, the bigger of the two, muscles his way into control, laying a trio of elbow strikes into Edd’s face. Taking a step back, Guide pulls his fist back for a punch, but then takes a kick to the midsection from Edd, who apparently wasn’t as dazed as he looked (let’s be honest, that cross-eyed, mystified expression is pretty much par for Edd’s course). The youngest Stone hits the ropes, only to meet a lunging clothesline from Guide, causing Edd to practically backflip, landing on his stomach with a thump.</em></p><p><em> </em></p><p><em>

Guide pauses, and then looks to the turnbuckle, evincing a pop from the crowd. They know exactly what he’s thinking. Wasting no time, Guide rushes over and clambers onto the top rope, steadying himself, stalking for a Guided Missile… Scout calls out a warning; Guide looks to see Laura Huggins jumping up onto the apron. The face-painted wrestler sticks out a foot and doesn’t so much kick the manager as shove her away with his boot, sending her spilling to the arena floor. </em></p><p><em> </em></p><p><em>

Guide looks back to the ring just in time to see Edd Stone rushing him. Acrobatically, the Animal leaps up onto the second rope, then uses them as a springboard to give him the air for a ring-shaking top rope hurricanrana. The manoeuvre lays both men out in the middle of the ring for a few seconds, with Edd stirring to make the cover with one arm…</em></p><p><em> </em></p><p><em>



No! Guide gets the shoulder up!</em></p><p><em> </em></p><p><em>

Scout fist pumps and starts thumping the apron with his foot, trying to rouse his partner, get him back on his feet. Freddy Huggins, on the opposite side of the ring, is alternating between looking at his partner and casting anxious glances at his downed sister. As Edd and Guide crawl towards their respective corners, Freddy actually leaves his post to go and check on Laura, who hasn’t yet stirred. Of course, this means that as Guide injects that last little burst of energy to make the hot tag on Scout… Edd’s partner isn’t there.</em></p><p><em> </em></p><p><em>

Edd’s eyes widen comically as he stretches out his hand, only to find Freddy absent and spinning around, he eats a crisp snap suplex from his fresh opponent. Huggins, hearing the impact, looks back up into the ring and pales, jumping up onto the apron. He starts hurling abuse at Scout, who coolly stares him down, then goes to Edd in the middle of the ring and hooks both arms, flipping forward into the mutilation armbar known as the Special Force!</em></p><p><em> </em></p><p><em>

Naturally, attempted intervention by Huggins is near instantaneous, but is cut off by one last effort from Guide, who simply body checks Freddy prior to dumping him out of the ring underneath the bottom rope, pursuing to ensure no more interference will take place. With nowhere to go and no more allies to call on, Edd Stone is forced to tap out.</em></p><p><em>

</em></p><p> </p><p>

<span style="text-decoration:underline;">The New Wave Retain in 14:03 via submission</span></p><p>

<span style="text-decoration:underline;">Rating: 77/B-</span></p><p> </p><p> </p><p>

<strong><span style="text-decoration:underline;">SEGMENT #1</span></strong></p><p> </p><p>


<strong>The Hellfire Club</strong></p><p> </p><p>

We go backstage and espy the group of brutish troublemakers known as The Hellfire Club in their locker room. Buffalo stands sentinel by the door. Rahn is watching a TV broadcasting clips of brutal hardcore matches intently, occasionally laughing to himself. Texas Pete slumps across a sofa, his hat tipped across his eyes. Eddie Peak sits in the very middle of the room, slowly rocking back and forth.</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Eddie Peak:</strong> Vessey… Vessey… Peak’ll make this… messy. </p><p> </p><p>

He seems almost entranced, staring into space with a dreamy smile on his face.</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Eddie Peak:</strong> His blood will make… a fine vintage. Feed my hunger… for…</p><p> </p><p>

Peak licks his lips, and then chuckles to himself.</p><p>


Eddie Peak:</strong> Not long… no, not too long. But I’ll savour you, Vessey… yes I will…</p><p> </p><p>

There’s a knock at the door. Buffalo turns around to look at it, a frown creasing his brow. He stares for a long couple of moments. Nobody is supposed to be around at this time.</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Eddie Peak:</strong> Open it… let us see the interloper.</p><p> </p><p>

Buffalo shrugs, opens the door… and takes a chair to the head.</p><p> </p><p>

<span>http://i1111.photobucket.com/albums/h478/DayofTheWolf/Wrasslers/BryanVessey.jpg</span></p><p> </p><p>

The Buffalo goes down like a felled tree, out cold, and Vessey smiles, brandishing his weapon. Genghis Rahn leaps to his feet and comes charging at the veteran as he enters the room, going the same way as Buffalo in short order. Texas Pete snaps awake as Vessey rushes Peak and intercepts the attack with a clubbing blow to Vessey’s back. Bryan merely whirls around with a swing of the chair, Pete showing astonishing agility in actually managing to duck the strike, which instead knocks off his hat. Pete lets out a shriek of dismay and dives for his Stetson. Vessey swings back to Peak just in time to get nailed by the mother of all spears.</p><p> </p><p>

Vessey collapses, all the wind knocked out of him, going to ground clutching his abdomen. Peak giggles to himself as he looks around the room at the wreckage. He turns to Texas Pete, who has by this point has regained his hat.</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Eddie Peak:</strong> Remove him… This was entertaining, he deserves the mercy… he won’t get any later.</p><p> </p><p>

<span style="text-decoration:underline;">Rating: 81/B</span></p><p> </p><p> </p><p>

<strong><span style="text-decoration:underline;">MATCH #2</span></strong></p><p> </p><p>

<span>http://i1111.photobucket.com/albums/h478/DayofTheWolf/Belts/TCW_International.jpg</span></p><p> </p><p>

<span>http://i1111.photobucket.com/albums/h478/DayofTheWolf/Wrasslers/JoshuaTaylor-1.jpg</span> vs. <span>http://i1111.photobucket.com/albums/h478/DayofTheWolf/Wrasslers/StevenParker.jpg</span></p><p>

Joshua Taylor © vs. Steven Parker</p><p> </p><p>

Taylor is looking fired up for this one, seemingly unconcerned about the mystery nature of his opponent tonight. In short order, some theme music introduced to TCW only very recently hits, and out comes ‘The Future’ Steven Parker, who so far has impressed, if only in defeat. What follows is unfortunately thrown off a little by some communications issues, which ensure some moves aren’t pulled off exactly right, causing the match overall to suffer. Even so, it’s an even match, and the newcomer Parker is holding his own…</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Finish:</strong></p><p> </p><p>

<em>Joshua Taylor makes an attempt at a stalling vertical suplex, hoisting Parker high into the air and holding him there. However, just as Taylor starts to tip back, ‘The Future’ manages to twist free, grabbing his opponent’s head and using the momentum of his fall to SLAM the back of Taylor’s head into the mat. Parker goes for the cover, garners two, then lays into Taylor with a series of boots. Seeing his opponent is by the ropes, Parker follows up by grabbing the top rope and using that to assist him in choking Taylor out. Naturally Sam Sparrow intervenes at this point.</em></p><p><em> </em></p><p><em>

A short while jawing with the referee and getting in his face, and then Parker heads back to Taylor. Grabbing his opponent by the hair ‘The Future’ starts to lift Taylor up, then finds his legs snagged, with the champ executing a double leg takedown, rolling through to set up an odd sort of bridging pin. That nets two, and as both competitors scramble to their feet, Parker throws a wild punch at Taylor. Evading the blow, then trapping Parker’s wayward arm, Taylor sweeps the challenger’s legs and clinically cinches in the Butterfly Lock.</em></p><p><em> </em></p><p><em>

Parker’s resistance is nominal, he almost immediately taps.</em></p><p> </p><p>

<span style="text-decoration:underline;">Joshua Taylor retains in 14:12 via submission</span></p><p><span style="text-decoration:underline;">

Rating: 64/C</span></p><p> </p><p> </p><p>

<strong><span style="text-decoration:underline;">MATCH #3</span></strong></p><p> </p><p>

<strong><span style="text-decoration:underline;">STRAP MATCH</span></strong></p><p> </p><p>

<span>http://i1111.photobucket.com/albums/h478/DayofTheWolf/Wrasslers/KoshiroIno.jpg</span> vs. <span>http://i1111.photobucket.com/albums/h478/DayofTheWolf/Wrasslers/RickLaw_alt6.jpg</span></p><p>

Koshiro Ino vs. Rick Law</p><p> </p><p>

From the lows of chemistry to the highs. Law and Ino go to war in the same way they’ve done since the beginning of this feud; with an instinctive and intimate understanding of one another’s styles. If there is one criticism, it is that the competitors get a little carried away with their use of the strap, as the spots, while innovative, don’t always flow especially well. In spite of this, the match is a great, hammer and tongs, drag out slugfest, as everyone was expecting.</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Finish:</strong> </p><p> </p><p>

<em>After downing Ino with a Squad Car Slam, Law stumbles his way to each turnbuckle in turn. He hits the first, Ino is motionless. The second, Ino’s arms begin to twitch. The third, Ino has made it to his knees. The fourth… Law stops, his hand inches away from making the final tap that would win him the match. Trembling with exertion, Law strains and tries to take that last step, only to fall short, and even slide back a little. The Kobra has both hands wrapped around the strap in the middle of the ring, and something approaching a smile crosses his painted face as he denies Law victory.</em></p><p><em> </em></p><p><em>

The corrupt cop at last swings around, snarling, and charges at Ino. A lightning fast counter follows, The Kobra planting his opponent with a viciously spiked DDT. Koshiro stops for a few moments, trying to regain his breath, then pulls Law to his feet, only for his opponent to poke him in the eye. Ino stumbles back, and Law follows up with a headbutt, dropping Ino. Law then… tries to bail out, heading toward the opposite side of the ring.</em></p><p><em> </em></p><p><em>

He’s met with boos from his formerly beloved fans. These days, this is typical Law. When the going gets tough, the tough get going… all the way back to their locker room. This wouldn’t be the first match with Ino that Law has run from.</em></p><p><em> </em></p><p><em>

Only he can’t. As he makes to roll under the bottom rope, the strap goes taut, and a look of dismay crosses Law’s face. He swallows, and turns straight into a rolling elbow from Ino, a devastating strike to the cop’s head which causes a bright burst of blood to splatter across the canvas. Law falls flat on his face next to one of the turnbuckles and Ino goes to touch it… then pauses, looking to Law, the turnbuckle, then back to Law. At last, The Kobra turns and walks into the middle of the ring.</em></p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Kyle Rhodes:</strong> I can’t think what the logic behind this might be. Every second that Ino delays, the longer Law has to recover.</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Jason Azaria:</strong> Well Kyle, here’s a little fact that you might not know… Ino doesn’t find his revenge in beating his opponents, he finds it in hurting them. Law turned on him, so Ino will do everything he can to punish him for it.</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Jasmine Saunders:</strong> An eye for an eye…</p><p> </p><p>

<em>Ino drops to one knee, poised, waiting for Law.</em></p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Kyle Rhodes:</strong> Oh no… he’s thinking this? Into the turnbuckle?</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Jason Azaria:</strong> Koshiro Ino primed for the Venom Strike ladies and gentlemen!</p><p> </p><p>

<em>As Law staggers to his feet, The Kobra rushes in, aiming for his recently debuted spear… and the corrupt cop’s legs give out again, sending him out of harm’s way, and causing Ino to slam straight into the turnbuckle! The Kobra simply collapses, all the impact of the move reverberating throughout his body. Law groggily gets to both feet, looking around in bewilderment, then realises what has happened. In short order, he has tapped each of the four corners and taken home the victory.</em></p><p> </p><p>

<span style="text-decoration:underline;">Law wins in 18:10 via corner touching.</span></p><p><span style="text-decoration:underline;">

Rating: 80/B</span></p><p> </p><p> </p><p>

<strong><span style="text-decoration:underline;">SEGMENT #2</span></strong></p><p> </p><p>


<strong>The Syndicate</strong></p><p> </p><p>

Wolf Hawkins is performing some light striking on a punching bag, overseen by his mentor, Tommy Cornell. After watching for a short while, Cornell shakes his head.</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Tommy Cornell:</strong> This won’t work on our oversized friend RDJ, Wolf. He’ll just charge straight through strikes. You need to vary your approach, hit high and then hit low. Better yet, work him over on the ground. Tie him in knots.</p><p> </p><p>

Hawkins pauses, nods, then begins again, this time throwing in the occasional kick or ‘body’ blow, doing exactly as he’s told. Cornell’s trademark smirk is on.</p><p>


Tommy Cornell:</strong> Exactly Wolf, that’s it. In an hour or so, we’ll meet that gorilla and his meddling twa… twit of a partner, and then they’ll be out of our hair once and for all.</p><p> </p><p>

Cornell’s protégé stops, then turns to his teacher. He seems hesitant, but there is concern on his face.</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Wolf Hawkins:</strong> Tommy I’m not sure exactly how to put this, but… these guys have been hounding us for months now. I mean… hell, they ended the Syndicate last year. Tommy it’s just… what happens if we lose?</p><p> </p><p>

The smile drops clean off the face of Tommy Cornell and is replaced by a cold glare. Cornell grabs Hawkins by the shoulders and spins him around, pulling him in close.</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Tommy Cornell:</strong> Listen here sunshine. We’re winning this match because I <em>say</em> we’re going to win this match. Am I understood, <em>Hawkins</em>?</p><p> </p><p>

Hawkins swallows.</p><p>


Wolf Hawkins:</strong> Yes, Tommy.</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Tommy Cornell:</strong> <em>Good.</em></p><p> </p><p>

<span style="text-decoration:underline;">Rating: 86/B+</span></p><p> </p><p> </p><p>

<strong><span style="text-decoration:underline;">MATCH #4</span></strong></p><p> </p><p>

<span>http://i1111.photobucket.com/albums/h478/DayofTheWolf/Wrasslers/BryanVessey.jpg</span> vs. <span>http://i1111.photobucket.com/albums/h478/DayofTheWolf/Wrasslers/EddiePeak.jpg</span></p><p>

Bryan Vessey vs. Eddie Peak</p><p> </p><p>

Peak is out first, a smile on his face, awaiting Vessey. The veteran’s approach of the ring is a little laboured, punctuated by him wincing and grasping his ribs every other step. Nevertheless, with years in PGHW behind him, Vessey is used to shrugging off injuries, and he comes alive as the match begins in earnest. The pattern is established early on – Vessey doing everything he can to keep the monster off of his feet, Peak having his way with Vessey using big power moves the rest of the time. As the match progresses, it becomes obvious that the unhurt Peak has an advantage.</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Finish:</strong> </p><p> </p><p>

<em>There is a lull in the action as the two men circle one another, Vessey occasionally making a probing move forward before being rebuffed by a wild swing from Peak. That unsettling little smile has not yet departed Peak’s lips, and indeed even with near falls, has not budged for any frustration. Vessey for his part is breathing hard, still suffering from the earlier injury. Arguably, he was the aggressor in that instance, but the Hellfire Club have intervened in matches between the pair before. The one benefit, at least, is that the presence of others members will be severely lessened.</em></p><p><em> </em></p><p><em>

Impatiently, Peak makes his move, lunging toward Vessey with both hands clenched together. Vessey ducks underneath the attack then loops around Peak’s back, getting him into a rear waistlock and PLANTING the big man on his skull with a German suplex! Vessey collapses, holding his ribs again, and it is perhaps this delay that allows Eddie Peak to kick out when the veteran manages to make the pin.</em></p><p><em> </em></p><p><em>

Still wincing in pain, Vessey manages to pull Peak to his feet, then, amazingly, begins to attempt to hoist Peak onto his shoulders!</em></p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Kyle Rhodes:</strong> Oh come on, be realistic Bryan! He has to outweigh you by over a hundred pounds!</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Jason Azaria:</strong> 124, to be precise.</p><p> </p><p>

<em>And yet, in spite of that, Vessey is getting Peak off the ground. It’s painstaking, it’s inch by inch, but Bryan Vessey is straightening up in preparation for the Vessey Driver! Sweat is pouring off the smaller man, his entire body trembles as Peak tries to struggle out of it, and…</em></p><p><em> </em></p><p><em>

His injuries are too much, Vessey just collapses. Peak rolls clear and wastes no time in hoisting Vessey for the Peak of Perfection, nailing it with authority.</em></p><p> </p><p>

<span style="text-decoration:underline;">Eddie Peak wins via pinfall in 17:04</span></p><p><span style="text-decoration:underline;">

Rating: 75/B-</span></p><p> </p><p> </p><p>

<strong><span style="text-decoration:underline;">MATCH #5</span></strong></p><p> </p><p>

<span>http://i1111.photobucket.com/albums/h478/DayofTheWolf/Wrasslers/TroyTornado.jpg</span> vs. <span>http://i1111.photobucket.com/albums/h478/DayofTheWolf/Wrasslers/BennyBenson.jpg</span></p><p>

Troy Tornado vs. Benny Benson</p><p> </p><p>

This match-up is even, very even, a lot moreso, in fact, than a certain ‘Superstar’ grappler would be willing to admit. The abilities of Benson and Tornado have a lot of similarities, many shared aspects that makes this a particularly tight match up. Both are quick on their feet, both can do some grappling, with the chief difference in fact being simply the whilst Benson feeds off the crowd, Tornado is wholly vicious and brutal, stretching the rules at every opportunity.</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Finish:</strong></p><p> </p><p>

<em>Tornado whips Benson into the ropes, aiming for a hard shot on the rebound. Benson, however, has other ideas, jumping onto the ropes and using them as a springboard to bounce back and drop his opponent with a kick to the skull. Tornado claws his way back up, but by that time, Benny has hit the ropes and is already launching a dropkick into Troy’s face. Down again. Up once again, and Tornado is met by something which is VERY reminiscent of his own flying forearm, the Star Maker!</em></p><p><em> </em></p><p><em>

The impact knocks Troy out of his boots, but since Benson is perhaps not quite as practiced at using the manoeuvre, he is left with enough about him to roll under the bottom rope and take a breather outside of the ring. As Sam Sparrow begins a count, Tornado puts his hands on his knees and tries to shake off the blow. Benson throws both hands in the air in disgust, then looks into the crowd and smiles. Hitting the ropes, he comes flying across the ring to slip under the bottom rope in a baseball slide… only for Tornado to move out of the way.</em></p><p><em> </em></p><p><em>

Benson, off guard, is easy prey for Troy to grab him and sling him face first into the ring post. The smaller man bounces off and falls to the ground, a stain slowly spreading across his bandana. Tornado, for his part, rolls back into the ring, urging Sparrow to continue the count. The official does his job, and is traditional for such moments, Benson manages to pull himself back into the ring at a nine count, one hand clamped to his bleeding forehead. Tornado immediately turns around and gets in Sam Sparrow’s face, chastising him for a ‘slow count’.</em></p><p><em> </em></p><p><em>

Tornado, in fact, is arguing with the referee for so long, that it gives Benny time to get back to his feet, steady himself, and launch a dropkick at Tornado’s back. However, it seemed that Troy almost planned for this, and at the last second, steps aside, which leaves the unfortunate Sparrow to get nailed. The self-proclaimed ‘superstar’ looks to the ramp and smiles.</em></p><p> </p><p>

<span>http://i1111.photobucket.com/albums/h478/DayofTheWolf/Wrasslers/StevenParker.jpg</span></p><p> </p><p>

<em>Steven Parker hits the ring at speed, sliding underneath the bottom rope. Benson, distracted by the downed referee, quickly falls victim to a move which Azaria clues us in as ‘The Future Shock’. As quickly as he entered, Parker leaves, but stays at ringside to witness Tornado nailing a Star Maker on Benson when he eventually revives.</em></p><p> </p><p>

<span style="text-decoration:underline;">Tornado wins via pinfall in 18:02</span></p><p><span style="text-decoration:underline;">

Rating: 83/B</span></p><p> </p><p> </p><p>

<strong><span style="text-decoration:underline;">SEGMENT #3 </span></strong></p><p> </p><p>

<span>http://i1111.photobucket.com/albums/h478/DayofTheWolf/Wrasslers/TroyTornado.jpg</span><span>http://i1111.photobucket.com/albums/h478/DayofTheWolf/Wrasslers/StevenParker.jpg</span></p><p> </p><p>

Parker returns to the ring with a big smile on his face, raising Tornado’s arm. Troy smirks and basks in the glow of victory, whilst Sparrow looks on suspiciously, but is of course unable to do anything. Tornado gets in the crowd’s faces for a little while longer, then gestures at ringside for a microphone. He beckons Parker over, and drapes a hand around his shoulders.</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Troy Tornado:</strong> Any leading man needs one thing to keep the spotlight that they deserve… and that’s a supporting cast. A <em>worthy</em> supporting cast, that is, not those bit part players the Procedure. No… not a washed-up group of hacks long past their sell by date and their relevance. To stay in the limelight that somebody like Tornado deserves… Tornado needs to look to… The Future.</p><p> </p><p>

Tornado holds a hand out wide to indicate Parker, who c0ckily raises both arms, a massive smirk on his face.</p><p>


Troy Tornado:</strong> This man… he might have lost tonight, but nobody strolls straight into stardom unless their name is Troy Tornado. You’re looking at the man who almost won the International Title on his PPV debut. Rest assured that under my tutelage, Parker’s nominations will materialise into real rewards. And soon. You see Benson, with stardom comes popularity, and men like Steven Parker, <em>smart</em> men, know that if they want their photo op… you don’t push the leading lights away… you do everything you can do help them. I’ll make a star out of Steven Parker, and Steven Parker will ensure that I have the backing act that I am <em>entitled</em> to. Because I’m Troy Tornado, and I… am your superstar.</p><p> </p><p>

<span style="text-decoration:underline;">Rating: 85/B+</span></p><p> </p><p>

<strong><span style="text-decoration:underline;">MATCH #6</span></strong></p><p> </p><p>

<span>http://i1111.photobucket.com/albums/h478/DayofTheWolf/Belts/TCW_World.jpg</span></p><p> </p><p>

<span>http://i1111.photobucket.com/albums/h478/DayofTheWolf/Wrasslers/RockyGolden.jpg</span> vs. <span>http://i1111.photobucket.com/albums/h478/DayofTheWolf/Wrasslers/SamKeith.jpg</span></p><p>

Rocky Golden © vs. Sam Keith</p><p> </p><p>

Atypically, the advantage in this match-up is and has always been with the smaller man, Keith. Rocky is big and powerful, sure, but he’s also raw, and that means Keith can really give him a working over when he manages to get him off his feet. Still, things never skew too much in the favour of one man, as it only takes one big punch for Rocky to get himself right back into the contest, one painful lock for Keith to kill Golden’s momentum dead…</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Finish:</strong></p><p> </p><p>

<em>Keith is using every last trick in his exceptionally lengthy playbook to keep Golden from getting to his feet and mounting an offence. He seems especially anxious to work on Golden’s right arm, knowing that it is the primary avenue for the Rocky Road, a lethal spinning chokeslam that Keith has already fallen victim to once during this rivalry. An armbar locked tightly in is transitioned into an MMA-style kimura, a knee driven into the shoulder, and then Keith moves on, clamping on a sleeper hold.</em></p><p><em> </em></p><p><em>

Golden looks out of it at this point, all of the big man’s energy sapped by the constant painful submission holds. Keith shoots a look at Ray Johnson, his meaning clear, but even as the referee approaches, Rocky shakes his massive head. No, he will not submit. Frustrated, Keith wrenches harder, this way, then that. Golden grits his teeth, then manages to get one foot underneath himself, up onto one knee now. Keith squeezes harder, but this only seems to make Golden more determined to rise.</em></p><p><em> </em></p><p><em>

The champion puts in a jolt of strength, gets his other foot up off the ground. Essentially, he is now squatting down, Keith still with the sleeper locked in. Golden closes his eyes, takes a deep breath, then beams a smile to the fans before hauling himself up, Sam Keith hanging on for dear life!</em></p><p><em> </em></p><p><em>

Rocky staggers a little under the weight of Keith, but his size and strength allow him to stay up. Taking a couple of moments to get his balance, Golden simply charges backwards across the ring, sending Keith ploughing directly into the turnbuckles. Naturally, the living legend lets go, leaving himself slumped in the corner… and a prime target for the running hip smash that follows. Golden pulls Keith out of the corner and seizes him by the throat, thinking Rocky Road… and an axe-handled strike to the arm sees Rocky letting go, grimacing in pain. </em></p><p><em> </em></p><p><em>

Sam Keith looks to exploit this by grasping the injured arm and going for a hammerlock… then realises his miscalculation in allowing Golden to stay on his feet. Rocky twists around, grabs hold of the same hand that Keith is holding </em><em><em>him</em></em><em> with, and then hoists the legend into the air! Keith realises his peril too late, and even as he tries to slip off of Golden’s shoulders, Rocky brings across his other hand, adjusts his grip… And locks in The Rack! The arena explodes as Keith struggles, flails, fights with everything he has… and finally... is forced to submit.</em></p><p> </p><p>

<span style="text-decoration:underline;">Rocky Golden wins via submission in 23:03</span></p><p><span style="text-decoration:underline;">

Rating 82/B</span></p><p> </p><p> </p><p>

<strong><span style="text-decoration:underline;">SEGMENT #4</span></strong></p><p> </p><p>

<span>http://i1111.photobucket.com/albums/h478/DayofTheWolf/Wrasslers/RockyGolden.jpg</span></p><p> </p><p>

Hard fought victory in hand, Golden is handed is TCW World Heavyweight title and holds it high in the air, walking towards each side of the arena in turn. At length, he ascends a turnbuckle and holds up the belt one final time, beaming all the while, pointing to the fans as if to say that yes, <em>they</em> are the reason for his victory.</p><p> </p><p>

<span style="text-decoration:underline;">Rating: 85/B+</span></p><p> </p><p> </p><p>

<strong><span style="text-decoration:underline;">SEGMENT #5</span></strong></p><p> </p><p>


<strong>The Syndicate</strong></p><p> </p><p>

“Breaking the Law” fades out as Cornell and Hawkins stand in the centre of the ring prior to their final match against the long enduring ‘resistance’. There is no sign of Wolf’s previous doubts on his face, and Cornell’s expression is as derisive as ever. Whatever reservations they might have held earlier, these two men are now pictures of confidence. Both have microphones.</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Tommy Cornell:</strong> So here it is. One last hurrah for the Syndicate and the Freedom Fighters, eh? One more night, and I finally can get shod of the two biggest pains in the neck in this company’s <em>history</em>. Once we win, I can get back to taking that belt off that lumbering idiot and bringing it to where it belongs. With me.</p><p> </p><p>

Cornell gives his protégé the nod, Wolf steps forward.</p><p>


Wolf Hawkins:</strong> You know… I’ve found myself wondering a lot lately about why the Freedom Fighters even bother. Tommy Cornell, Wolf Hawkins. Forget the match that ‘ended’ the Syndicate. You beat Cornell lumbered with a washed-up old man, not alongside his student, the Wolf. Not alongside the best wrestler in the world whose initials aren’t ‘T C’. Tonight is where we put that pair of upstarts back in their place… tonight is where our age of dominance is reborn.</p><p> </p><p>

<span>http://i1111.photobucket.com/albums/h478/DayofTheWolf/Wrasslers/RickyDaleJohnson.jpg</span><span>http://i1111.photobucket.com/albums/h478/DayofTheWolf/Wrasslers/JoeyMinnesota.jpg</span></p><p> </p><p>

Exception is taken to that, and The Freedom Fighters look like they’re in no mood to exchange pleasantries. RDJ’s music hits, and the pair storm down to the ring in very short order, intense looks on both of their faces. Minnesota’s fists are tightly clenched, and it looks as if steam is set to come out of his ears. Cornell merely smiles, whilst the eyes of Wolf Hawkins narrow. For better or for worse, the rivalry is going to end here.</p><p> </p><p>

<span style="text-decoration:underline;">Rating: 90/A</span></p><p> </p><p> </p><p>

<strong><span style="text-decoration:underline;">MATCH #6</span></strong></p><p> </p><p>

<span>http://i1111.photobucket.com/albums/h478/DayofTheWolf/Wrasslers/TommyCornell_alt5.jpg</span><span>http://i1111.photobucket.com/albums/h478/DayofTheWolf/Wrasslers/WolfHawkins_alt1.jpg</span> vs. <span>http://i1111.photobucket.com/albums/h478/DayofTheWolf/Wrasslers/RickyDaleJohnson.jpg</span><span>http://i1111.photobucket.com/albums/h478/DayofTheWolf/Wrasslers/JoeyMinnesota.jpg</span></p><p>

The Syndicate vs. The Freedom Fighters</p><p> </p><p>

Befitting of the finale to the feud that has, in some form or another, shaped TCW for the better part of three years. Both sides give it everything they’ve got, every move having that little bit more energy or force than usual. RDJ’s punches seem crisper, Cornell’s holds more painful, Hawkins’ strikes more fluid, Minnesota’s slams more crunching. It moves past the 25 minute mark – TCW’s PPV time limit without a murmur, an unspoken agreement allowing the competitors to continue. This must be resolved, and a draw won’t cut it.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Finish:</strong></p><p> </p><p>

<em>Hawkins tags out to Cornell, and in that unspoken rule of tag team wrestling, is allowed to stay in the ring long enough to hold Joey Minnesota in a rear chin lock for Cornell to unleash a kick to the face. Minnesota slumps, lifeless, and Cornell drags him into the centre of the ring, executing a pin without even bothering to hook the leg, shoving a forearm into Joey’s face.</em></p><p><em> </em></p><p><em>



Minnesota kicks out, just. He’s been worked over for the better part of ten minutes at this stage, neither Syndicate man letting him get anywhere close to his corner. On the opposite side of the ring, RDJ is frentic, desperate, </em><em><strong>dying</strong></em><em> to be tagged in. He can almost sense this one slipping out of his grasp, sense the Syndicate managing to wriggle out of this final battle and continue on. One of his yells of encouragement has to have reached Minnesota, as at that very moment, the junior partner breaks free of Cornell’s grasp and absolutely WAFFLES him across the chest with a stiff chop!</em></p><p><em> </em></p><p><em>

Cornell is knocked back a step, and this gives a weary Minnesota the room to pull back his hand and land another chop, and another, and another, each one driving Cornell further and further backward. At last, Cornell is driven into the ropes, and this somehow seems to snap him into gear, rebounding off with a double-handed chop in retaliation.</em></p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Jason Azaria:</strong> Blade Chop! He dropped Minnesota!</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Kyle Rhodes:</strong> Cornell needed that. Minnesota was almost able to get something going there.</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Jasmine Saunders:</strong> Come on Joey! We’re all counting on you!</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Kyle Rhodes:</strong> Speak for yourself, I like to be part of an unbiased commentary team.</p><p>


Jason Azaria:</strong> There’s no sitting on the fence here, partner! If it boils down to The Syndicate or The Freedom Fighters, I know who I’m rooting for!</p><p> </p><p>

<em>Wincing at the red welts beginning to appear on his chest, Cornell scoops Minnesota up, looks to the ropes, and then smirks. He lifts his opponent in a suplex position, and right by the ropes, all this can mean is that Cornell is thinking Rough Ride! Wasting no time, Cornell brings Minnesota up, slingshots him off the ropes, and… Minnesota somehow finds the energy to reverse the move into a DDT! All of a sudden… both men are sprawled in the centre of the ring, and the Nevada State Armoury comes alive once again!</em></p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Kyle Rhodes:</strong> Why does this ALWAYS happen?</p><p>


Jason Azaria:</strong> Well here’s a little fact you might not know, partner, the Rough Ride is one of the <em>least countered</em> moves in TCW history. We have just witnessed only the seventh occasion in Tommy Cornell’s entire career that the Rough Ride has been reversed!</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Jasmine Saunders:</strong> It’s gonna be close! They’re both only inches away! Come on Joey, you can do it!</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Jason Azaria:</strong> Tag made! Hawkins is in! RDJ’s in! Here we go!</p><p> </p><p>

<em>RDJ, who has been champing at the bit to get into the match, charges. The onrushing Wolf attempts a Full Moon Rising, only for Johnson to snag both of his legs in mid-air and drop him directly onto his head! Sensing blood in the water, RDJ continues his rampage across the ring, Cornell at ringside getting to his feet just in time to </em><em><em>eat</em></em><em> a leaping lariat. Johnson whirls around, and a groggy Wolf falls victim to what has to be the most bone-crunching Southern Justice of all time!</em></p><p><em> </em></p><p><em>

The entire crowd counts with Wilson Carlisle.</em></p><p><em> </em></p><p><em>







</em></p><p> </p><p>

<span style="text-decoration:underline;">The Freedom fighters win in 30:31 via pinfall</span></p><p><span style="text-decoration:underline;">

Rating: 88/B+</span></p><p> </p><p> </p><p>

<strong>OVERALL SHOW RATING: 85/B+</strong></p></div><p></p><p></p>

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<p><strong>Prediction Standings:</strong></p><p> </p><p>

Midnightnick: 7</p><p>

20ELegend: 6</p><p>

PhantomStranger: 5</p><p>

Truth: 4</p><p> </p><p>

The 'mystery man' was a tricky one. Samoan Machine and Acid were both good guesses (although I'd argue Machine is <em>technically</em> related to Tana). In fact I've already got one of that pair on my roster. I decided to sign Parker in the first place A) because he's talented, but B) because I've never used him before. Since I play TCW almost exclusively, signing Parker was just part of my initiative to use some different guys/push different people/make use of who I have.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Booking Notes:</strong></p><p> </p><p>

- I knew Taylor/Parker wasn't going to get a great grade due to Parker's lack of overness (he's autopushing to lower midcard, but I suspect that is due to a couple of even LESS over signings. However... poor chemistry hurt it even more.</p><p>

- Law/Kosh got dinged for psychology, but on the upshot, they have great chemistry, as you might have guessed.</p><p>

- I need to get my head out of my non-diary TCW game and remember people are neither as over or as skilled as they are in that one.</p><p>

- This is, in fact, the first game I've seen where Sam Keith has been less than 10 years into time decline. He peaked at 41, apparently.</p><p>

- This show is the exception rather than the rule for the results. PPVs I will try to keep to this standard, but weekly results are <em>unlikely</em> to get the same treatment.</p><p>

- Kyle Rhodes exists to make me hate him.</p>

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That was an excellent show - well done :)


Thanks very much, I really appreciate it.


Damn! Only 4 right! I'll have to do better next time.


Nice show. As TCW is pretty much the only promotion I play with, it's interesting to see others booking it to see other approaches. I'll definately be watching.


Thanks. I can definitely see that particular appeal, glad to have you here. Like I was saying, I'm actually trying to use a different approach from normal as well.


a sad day for Huggins fans everywhere :(


great show. KUTGW


lol. One day, I'm hoping to make it a good day for the Huggins fans. I really like Freddy, it's just he's not quite in a position to push yet.


I never get all of them right. Awww yeah.


My predictability shames me.

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<p></p><div style="text-align:center;"><p><em><strong>Malice in Wonderland...</strong></em></p></div><p></p><p></p><p> </p><p> </p><blockquote data-ipsquote="" class="ipsQuote" data-ipsquote-contentapp="forums" data-ipsquote-contenttype="forums" data-ipsquote-contentid="30399" data-ipsquote-contentclass="forums_Topic"><div><div style="text-align:center;"><p> </p><p> <span>http://i1111.photobucket.com/albums/h478/DayofTheWolf/Wrasslers/WolfHawkins.jpg</span></p><p> </p><p> After the match, I’m backstage, having quickly left the ring to allow Joey and RDJ to celebrate their big moment. It fit my character to slink away with my tail between my legs, especially when I’d been partnering Tommy. I’m feeling a little down, but not specifically because of the loss. I can hardly complain about that, especially when this blow off finale had been Tommy’s idea. </p><p> </p><p> No, the reason I’m feeling that way is because I almost screwed up the finish. I stiffed Ricky on the Full Moon Rising, I guess because he’s so much bigger than me. I aimed high and I launched myself hard. So hard, in fact, that I nearly actually landed the move (and kicked RDJ in the face besides). He caught me, like he was supposed to, but the entire counter ended up coming off really awkwardly. And man… I don’t even want to think about what would’ve happened if we hadn’t planned that finishing spot so meticulously.</p><p> </p><p> “Good work out there, Wolf,” I look up, give a smile as Tommy approaches and pats me on the shoulder. “That’s the last time we’ll get to come to the ring as mates for quite a while, so I’m glad it went down so well,” he pauses, perhaps seeing my face fall. He chuckles. “Don’t worry your head about it, Wolf. It’s not the end of the world, and it’s not like I’m going to ban you from training with me because of the storyline.”</p><p> </p><p> “Yeah… yeah, I know.”</p><p> </p><p> “Chin up, Wolf. It’s not every day you get to main event on PPV, and so far as I can tell, it was the best match of the night, too. I knew Joel made the right choice in booking it as the main event.”</p><p> </p><p> I smile again, genuine this time. “Yeah… I guess you’re right, Tommy.”</p><p> </p><p> “You guess? Bloody hell, I have to work on re-establishing my authority with you, don’t I?”</p><p> </p><p> “That you do, sensei.”</p><p> </p><p> “Cheeky so-and-so… Come on, then. I’m having Eddie drink you under the table.”</p><p> </p><p> I laugh, stand, and follow along after Tommy. “I’d like to see him try!”</p><p> </p><p> ~</p><p> </p><p> He did. </p><p> </p><p> And succeeded.</p><p> </p><p> ~</p><p> </p><p> So… this is it. The Syndicate is finished, completely and 100% finished. Acknowledging that creates a tidal wave of apprehension and anxiety inside of me, because I just simply… don’t know what’s going to happen next. Oh I’ve sat in on booking meetings over the years, occasionally allowed to venture an opinion, mostly listening to the views of the actual booking team. I know, theoretically speaking, what’s next for me, creatively…</p><p> </p><p> But for all that, what I don’t know is how <em>I’ll</em> do, and <em>that</em> is what my worry stems from.</p><p> </p><p> From the word go, I’ve been a star in waiting in TCW. I’m good, and I know that I’m good. That’s indisputable. But more than that, when Tommy Cornell is your mentor, in Tommy Cornell’s company… it goes from something that’s likely to something that’s inevitable. It was never going to happen overnight, but at some point, Tommy was always going to pull the trigger. See if I was ready. My team with Stevie and my All Action run, they laid the foundations for when I was finally set for my first run at the big team.</p><p> </p><p> Which of course, was the Syndicate. I’d like to say that I established myself in the group, but in truth, what established me was my association with Tommy. He made me into a main eventer. I pulled my weight in my individual feuds, sure, but the entire time, the Syndicate was my crutch. When I raged about Giant Tana pulling off the upset and retaining the International title, who was it to? Tommy Cornell. When Danny Fonzarelli beat me for the belt, who was there to ‘raise my spirits’? Tommy Cornell. Perhaps the Syndicate would have propelled me to even greater heights were it not for my injury… but that’s speculation.</p><p> </p><p> Even when the Syndicate as an organisation came to an end, the Syndicate as a team remained. Always with Tommy watching my back, covering for my mistakes, turning a lacklustre promo into a memorable one. For the first time in three years… I’m not going to have that safety net anymore. I knew this time was coming, I knew that no storyline continues forever, no true main eventer is always reliant on an ally.</p><p> </p><p> Which, simply put, means that it’s time to sink or swim.</p><p> </p><p> By myself, at the top of a company… for the very first time in my career.</p><p> </p><p> …I have to succeed. I owe this to Tommy.</p><p> </p><p> </p></div><p></p><p></p></div></blockquote>
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<blockquote data-ipsquote="" class="ipsQuote" data-ipsquote-username="Blake Trask" data-cite="Blake Trask" data-ipsquote-contentapp="forums" data-ipsquote-contenttype="forums" data-ipsquote-contentid="30399" data-ipsquote-contentclass="forums_Topic"><div><p> </p><p> My predictability shames me.</p></div></blockquote><p> </p><p> My mindset is really non-conventional. So don't think you're predictable.</p>
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Really liking this especially with Wolf's thought's I really like all the references to canon and Wolf's apprehensions of going forward


Glad you liked it. Aiming for a lot more of these in the future.






Malice in Wonderland 2010 is in the history books, and so at long last is the villainous group known as The Syndicate. As we move into February, what repercussions will this have on TCW as a whole?


Our opening match for the evening sees everyone’s favourite big man, Giant Tana, taking on Straight Shooter Joel Bryant. With the recent notice from the Board of Executives that the weight class restriction on the All Action belt has been lifted, either man could well propel themselves into contention for Edd Stone’s title with a victory here.


Speaking of the youngest Stone, it’s clear that his mind isn’t currently on his singles title, but on his tag team career. The Canadian Animals are in action next, taking on the tenacious L.A. Connection, who will be sure to be looking to make a statement in unsettling the team fresh off the back of an unsuccessful title challenge. Can The Animals re-cement their claims to The New Wave’s belts, or is the military duo going to have some new challengers on their hands?


Another competitor who failed to win at the PPV is up next. Benny Benson is set to meet the challenge of Brent Hill, which is certain to be a tough test for the newcomer. Tackling a Machine is never an easy task, and the question in everyone’s minds has to be whether or not Benson can push his issues with Troy Tornado to one side against a victory-hungry Hill.


In our fourth match of the night, Wolf Hawkins will be in action against Harry Allen. The cowboy hasn’t been on a great run as of yet, but considering Hawkins no longer has the benefit of his alliance with Tommy Cornel, this match might be a lot closer than first appearances would suggest. Can Hawkins begin to carve out a career solo, or are we going to see an upset?


Our World Heavyweight Champion is also slated to make an appearance. Fresh off a title defence at Malice in Wonderland, Rocky Golden will face off with Sammy Bach. Can ‘The Elation Sensation’ overcome the massive size difference, or is Golden’s winning streak set to continue?


Finally, a blockbuster main event is set to give us our new number one contender for the World Heavyweight Title. An over the top rope, ten man battle royal will determine the next challenger for Rocky Golden’s belt. The participants include Tommy Cornell, Troy Tornado, Eddie Peak, Bryan Vessey, Koshiro Ino, Rick Law, Joey Minnesota, Ricky Dale Johnson, John Anderson and Danny Fonzarelli, all of whom have impressed in some form or another over the last month. Who will showcase their dominance and go on to face Rocky Golden at The War To Settle The Score?


Prediction Key:


Giant Tana vs. Joel Bryant


The Canadian Animals vs. The L.A Connection


Benny Benson vs. Brent Hill


Wolf Hawkins vs. Harry Allen


Rocky Golden vs. Sammy Bach


10 Man Over The Top Rope Battle Royal:

Bryan Vessey, Rick Law, Koshiro Ino, Joey Minnesota, Tommy Cornell, Ricky Dale Johnson, Eddie Peak, Danny Fonzarelli, Troy Tornado, John Anderson


Bonus Point: Who scores the most eliminations?

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